Forks & Corks 2017: "Gold Award"
A fantastic garnet red color. An explosive nose exhibits some notes of fresh red fruits (red currant, Burlat cherry, and white fruits like pear).These flavors are accompanied by cocoa, liquorish and hearth.The attack is fresh, explosive and later; it reveals smooth and ne tannins. A beautiful freshness, a good length with notes of Morella cherry, caramel with milk.
Just 45 years after the estate was founded, Pédesclaux saw its name carved in the stone of the 1855 classification. The status of fifth growth (‘Cinquième Cru’) it was awarded represented much more than a mere heritage – it also imposed stringent requirements for the future.
"This has a brambly feel, with a cassis bush note running throughout. The core of succulent plum, blackberry and raspberry fruit is bright and defined. Shows lots of racy grip through the finish, complemented by buried minerality. An excellent effort and a real surprise; this has blossomed following the élevage. Best from 2018 through 2025."
-Wine Spectator: 90
"The 2012 Pedesclaux has more complexity on the nose compared to the 2011 with blackberry, briary, sous-bois and pencil-box aromas, more Pauillac than the last three vintages. The palate is well balanced with a pointed entry, a little angular in style and perhaps needing more flesh and substance to develop on the finish. I like the tension here, though it needs more personality and more nuance to develop in bottle. Tasted March 2016."
Wine Advocate: 88 (Neal Martin)